Over Sink Shelf

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Project by littlecope posted 665 days ago 2202 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A kitchen shelf for over our sink. It’ll be good for Coffee cups and what-not…
I finally cut my first dovetails on it and was surprised at how quick they are to do!
The whole project took only the better part of a morning…
The cross brace is held down with opposed wedges on both sides over Saddle joints, very sturdy…For lack of a better term, a "saddle" joint...
White Oak top and Cross Brace, Douglas Fir (I think) for the legs, finished with Shellac…
Thanks for your time, Comments always Welcome! :)
16 September 2012

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 665 days ago

Best part it will serve a good purpose. Suggestion…. Maybe put some rubber bumpers on the bottom just to get it off the counter a bit due to moisture or even some brass tacks nailed to the bottom would work as well. Time, moisture may eventually seep into the end grain…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 665 days ago

A vast improvement over what you had Mike and nice job on your first dovetails.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 665 days ago

Gshepherd: That’s a good idea, Thanks!
Lenny: Thank you my Friend. Bad year to be a Sox fan, huh? :-(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 665 days ago

Very nice Mike. Sshep’s idea about the brass tacks is a gr8 one I’ll have to remember.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 665 days ago

Nice useful shelf, Mike. Good job on it!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bob Kollman

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#6 posted 665 days ago

Nice shelf, the fur and the oak is a nice color combo.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 665 days ago

Mike, Very nice shelf.
Great improvement from what you had, dovetails look great.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 665 days ago

Mike a very practical item

Great job on your first dovetails

I like your stretcher detail that

is very clever.

I just hope my wife does not see

it as she still does not have a

Kitchen sink yet, you know “The 2

do list”.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 665 days ago

Huge improvement. Well done Mike!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 665 days ago

Now that the finish is applied you’ve got an attractive shelf for your kitchen Mike! I’m putting the saddle joint on my “to do” list.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#11 posted 664 days ago

Lovely little birds…
I think also the saddle joint is really cool, have to try this one day.
Way to go.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 664 days ago

Great job on the dovetails Mike very impressive for the first time. The shelf should give you years of service.

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